Detectives in Elmbridge are appealing for information from members of the public to help identify the man shown in this e-fit image. Officers want to locate and speak with him in connection with a fraud offence in which a suspect took cash for building work at a property in East Molesey which was not carried out.
The offender, who called himself Simon, approached an elderly female resident and offered to fix broken roof tiles for a fixed fee. The pensioner said she did not have the correct amount of cash in her home and handed over £100 in advance of the work. The incident happened at around 10am on Wednesday, 13 August and there has been no further contact from the suspect.
The man is described as white, 5ft 5” to 5ft 6” tall, of a slim build and in his late twenties to early thirties. He had light brown/blonde slicked back hair and blue eyes. He is described as wearing a lot of face make-up – foundation to possibly cover acne. He was wearing a white t-shirt, dusty light tan Timberland style work boots and light/faded washed out jeans. He spoke with what is believed to be an Essex accent.
PC Peter Blackall investigating said: “This is a callous offence in which the perpetrator targeted a vulnerable individual and has left the victim not only out of pocket, but with a fear of uninvited callers intruding into the safety of her home. If you recognise the man from the image or description please call officers and help Surrey Police locate and bring this offender to justice.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Surrey Police on 101 quoting reference 45140068060 or by using the online reporting system found at http://www.surrey.police.uk/. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.